Christians, love your enemies
‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ ? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”
And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
26″Brothers, children of Abraham, and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent.
27The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. 28Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30But God raised him from the dead, 31and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people.
“Thou shalt not kill” is one of the laws that God gave to Israelites.
Thou shalt not kill.
If you will read the Holy Bible in its entirety, you will learn that a person has no right to kill another person. How come then that in some intances God ordered the Israelites to kill some groups of people? Did they commit sin when they followed the God of Israel? I learned that that law was made for the sinner, for those who kills with their own volition.
For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”
“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do the things Abraham did. As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things.Don’t get me wrong if I say that this law was amended.
Christians do believe in this law too. But, we received a deeper level of understanding about this law because of Jesus Christ’s teaching. You will realize what I am saying as we go along reading more verses from the Holy Bible. Learn the law to the Christians:
21“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother[b]will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,[c]‘ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
God seeks the good things that happened from the past. God wants us to be righteous too, the way some of Israelites in the past have been.
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.
Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
A person’s basic instict is to defend oneself or to fight when life is being threatened. However, a Christian’s instinct is different: once his life is threatened, it’s time for him to flee. As it was said, the law was made for the lawbreakers.
1 Timothy 1:9
We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,
Christians are guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ. It prevents them from getting to the point of breaking the law.
For the lawbreakers, they cannot accept the teachings of Jesus Christ. One might have noticed that majority of these people are the one ranting and accusing God of transgressing the law. They have no common sense. They could have separated the facts from the lies if they want to by studying the Holy Bible; however, we should always be guided by the Holy Bible itself on how to study and analyze it.
By the way, some people keep blaming God for the killings suffered by people in the past, like that of the Holy Grail. But they are barking on the wrong tree. I am telling now, they are wrong blaming God. The Holy Grail is unbiblical. The search for the Holy Grail is composed of people who pretends to be Christians because in works they deny God. They do not understand the doctrine written by the Apostles, or because of conceit and hard headedness, they created their own doctrine.
Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.
Yes, we cannot deny that in the Old Testament, there are verses containing histories of people being killed. And we learned about these events by reading the Holy Bible. The problem in understanding the events starts when there is no one to guide and explain them to us. Therefore, many people more often than not were getting the wrong impression about God, Christians, and the Israelites. They thought that God is cruel by instructing the Israelites to kill some groups of people, even the babies and kids.
One might notice that some of these people are unwilling to change. Accepting change is one way of comprehending God biblical. Changing our minds can bring us closer to God. If you hate God, have you thought for a second why you feel that way? Who taught you about God in the first place? Who read to you the Holy Bible? Are you competent to read the Holy Bible? Or is the one reading the Holy Bible to you competent enough to guide you? If you are using what is written in the Holy Bible to question God, maybe, you can stop there and read the answer from that book too! Why were there wars and deaths in the first place? Who were killed in the battle? Who were the gods involved? Who were the people involved? Do the people killed, including their families, deserved death to the point that even their properties were destroyed?
Those who taught us about God of the Holy Bible, do they know that God is a living God? Do they know whom God considers alive? Did they teach you that even if you are alive, living in materialism, God considers you dead? My questions are not enough to know the reasons why there were deaths in the past, but the Holy Bible has answers.
There are events that happened already, but can we change them? Definitely, we cannot change the past. But Christians were given hope for the future, the moment they seek the answers to their questions. Does the Holy Bible really contains answers to my questions? Where did I read those events? What were the reasons those events occured?
Actually, if you will study the Holy Bible, you will discover that even your questions were asked already by people ahead of you since time immemorial. As you go along reading the Holy Bible, you will find, even yourself, as if you are one of those people: their character, their personality, their ignorance, their thoughts, etc. Maybe, you will see yourself in the shoes of the characters in the Holy Bible. You might even find yourself as a Pharisee asking Jesus Christ of his Authority. Actually, if you are really seeking the truth, you will be dismayed to the Pharisees who wasted the opportunity to ask Jesus Christ. They waited for the Messiah, and now that He is around, they thrown stones at Him. They did not ask more important questions about life, but instead they feared that the authority they hold on shall be taken away from them. Now, you realize that it is too late for that Pharisee, but not for you. Your questions have answers. Your questions are written already in the Holy Bible. You just need guidance in order for you to see for yourself that the Holy Bible is complete; more so, when it concerns your salvation.
And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
Abraham is a good example of those who did not waste the opportunity of salvation. He know a little bit of God. But the little things of God is incomparable to what we have. He believed God gave him Isaac. When the time came that God asks for Isaac as an offering, Abraham obeyed.
1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
Even Isaac obeyed his father without hesitations. He also knows that God should be followed first. Isaac, as the only child of Abraham during that time, there is a possibility that his father brings him everywhere he goes and teaches him things about his God. Abraham might have shown him too how to offer sacrifices to God. Isaac grew to be righteous too as he was exposed and well accustomed to his father’s tradition.The proof is on the conversation between Abraham and Isaac.
7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
9And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
Isaac knew from that very moment what awaits him when his father started placing him on the wood and binding him up. Does that ring a bell? I remember Jesus, but he knew what shall happen to him even before he was nailed on the cross. Nevertheless, he knew that he is the lamb to be sacrificed and did not object.
1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
14Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16as you hold out[c] the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. 17But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
Abraham was ready to struck his son with a knife, but God stopped him. God saw Abraham’s faith as manifested from his obedience. Abraham has shown his faith through his deeds.
17By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring[b] will be reckoned.”[c] 19Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
Jesus Christ shown his faith through his deeds too. By the way, what is the proper way of defining righteousness and obedience? Let the Holy Bible define what it contains.
Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?
11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
As I have observed, people really failed to realize how good God is.
Luke 18:19 (NIV)
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
Luke 18:19 (KJV)
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
Up to the last moment, God has given enough time for people to repent from their iniquities. The Israelites’ era and Christians’ are two very different times and two different people that has different needs based on the environment, food, necessities and wants. Even those people who died from war are different from today. Yes, all of them were and are being given the chance to repent, none is exempted to repent. And God has given different ways and chances of repentance. If only you know where you are now and your time, you will try harder to learn how to be saved. You will act now to learn more of how to be saved from sin, from false teachers, from evil spirits, and from the judgement day.
For we are God‘s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
And little do some people know, these people from the past were the ones taunting Israel and even God Himself. If those people who taunt God realized the Authority of God, then there is a possibility that they have instead been forgiven.
2 Chronicles 7:
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
19 “But if you [c] turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you [d] and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 20 then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. 21 And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 22 People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’ “
But as always, we cannot turn back time. But God knows best what is good for all.
26 I said I would scatter them
and blot out their memory from mankind,
27 but I dreaded the taunt of the enemy,
lest the adversary misunderstand
and say, ‘Our hand has triumphed;
the LORD has not done all this.’ “
28 They are a nation without sense,
there is no discernment in them.
29 If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!
30 How could one man chase a thousand,
or two put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock had sold them,
unless the LORD had given them up?
31 For their rock is not like our Rock,
as even our enemies concede.
I am inviting you to continue reading:
Even those who asks mercy from God have their own share of prayers. How do the righteous complains?
1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet received.
2 How long, O LORD, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
3 Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
4 Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.
The Lord ‘s Answer
5 “Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.
6 I am raising up the Babylonians, [a]
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
to seize dwelling places not their own.
7 They are a feared and dreaded people;
they are a law to themselves
and promote their own honor.
8 Their horses are swifter than leopards,
fiercer than wolves at dusk.
Their cavalry gallops headlong;
their horsemen come from afar.
They fly like a vulture swooping to devour;
9 they all come bent on violence.
Their hordes [b] advance like a desert wind
and gather prisoners like sand.
10 They deride kings
and scoff at rulers.
They laugh at all fortified cities;
they build earthen ramps and capture them.
11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—
guilty men, whose own strength is their god.”
Habakkuk’s Second Complaint
12 O LORD, are you not from everlasting?
My God, my Holy One, we will not die.
O LORD, you have appointed them to execute judgment;
O Rock, you have ordained them to punish.
13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
you cannot tolerate wrong.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
Why are you silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
14 You have made men like fish in the sea,
like sea creatures that have no ruler.
15 The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks,
he catches them in his net,
he gathers them up in his dragnet;
and so he rejoices and is glad.
16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net
and burns incense to his dragnet,
for by his net he lives in luxury
and enjoys the choicest food.
17 Is he to keep on emptying his net,
destroying nations without mercy?
And what is the Lord’s answer?
1 I will stand at my watch
and station myself on the ramparts;
I will look to see what he will say to me,
and what answer I am to give to this complaint. [a]
The LORD’s Answer
2 Then the LORD replied:
“Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald [b] may run with it.
3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it [c] will certainly come and will not delay.
4 “See, he is puffed up;
his desires are not upright—
but the righteous will live by his faith [d] –
5 indeed, wine betrays him;
he is arrogant and never at rest.
Because he is as greedy as the grave [e]
and like death is never satisfied,
he gathers to himself all the nations
and takes captive all the peoples.
6 “Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying,
” ‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods
and makes himself wealthy by extortion!
How long must this go on?’
7 Will not your debtors [f] suddenly arise?
Will they not wake up and make you tremble?
Then you will become their victim.
8 Because you have plundered many nations,
the peoples who are left will plunder you.
For you have shed man’s blood;
you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.
9 “Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain
to set his nest on high,
to escape the clutches of ruin!
10 You have plotted the ruin of many peoples,
shaming your own house and forfeiting your life.
11 The stones of the wall will cry out,
and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.
12 “Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed
and establishes a town by crime!
13 Has not the LORD Almighty determined
that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire,
that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?
14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
as the waters cover the sea.
15 “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors,
pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk,
so that he can gaze on their naked bodies.
16 You will be filled with shame instead of glory.
Now it is your turn! Drink and be exposed [g] !
The cup from the LORD’s right hand is coming around to you,
and disgrace will cover your glory.
17 The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,
and your destruction of animals will terrify you.
For you have shed man’s blood;
you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.
18 “Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it?
Or an image that teaches lies?
For he who makes it trusts in his own creation;
he makes idols that cannot speak.
19 Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’
Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’
Can it give guidance?
It is covered with gold and silver;
there is no breath in it.
20 But the LORD is in his holy temple;
let all the earth be silent before him.”
And I believe, that good things are being taught to us by Bro Eli Soriano, who the Holy Bible describes the one that can read it to us.
Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
Bro Eli reads to us that God has sent His Son to save the Church of God, including those who affiliated in it. Bro Eli is a competent minister of the Church of God. God loves the Church of God, and we continually pray for God’s mercy and guidance.
2 Corinthians 3:6
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
God commanded Jesus Christ to bring the Good News of Salvation. One of the commandments to Christians taught by the Apostles, as commanded to them by Jesus Christ is, to love your enemy.
Today, the proverb, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth is passe.
Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
It is outmoded, old already and needed a new one. Even so, God still wants all men to be saved. God commanded that Christians to love one another and to respect people.
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’
I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[h] and hate your enemy.’
44But I tell you: Love your enemies[i] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Thus, if you continue to have doubts in your heart about Christianity, then it is high time for you to search your heart and seek the love that you have but never knew.
Learn from us.
29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.
33And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.(KJV)
Wicked people are fools, they can never discern what is good.
11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
People who are ungrateful are disgusting and foolish.
This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes.”
People think, that is true, but not everything that comes out of their minds are true. Every person has imagination, and people pattern it not from the Holy Bible, not from God, but from themselves. Let us not pattern our logic, common sense, or rational thinking to them “whose breath comes from their nostrils.”
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?
So, let us seek God for the answer. The Christians where I belong to know these things, this Truth.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God‘s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
2 Thessalonians 1:11
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.
2 Thessalonians 2:16
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils,
For further reading:
Matthew 22 (New International Version)
29Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 31But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 32‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’[a]? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”
33When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.
The Greatest Commandment
34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[b] 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Whose Son Is the Christ
41While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42“What do you think about the Christ[d]? Whose son is he?”
“The son of David,” they replied.
43He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,
44” ‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your feet.” ‘[e] 45If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.